Minneapolis-raised producer Dustin Zahn is said to have spent the last four years working on Monoliths, the man's debut full-length which appeared via Drumcode just last week. Appearing late in the forceful, 12-track affair, Zahn's "Insatiable Hunger" production has been revisited for this efficient "Reprise" version of the tune. Placing razor-sharp synths and metallic textures atop a chugging rhythmic core, "Insatiable Hunger (Reprise)" is a no-bullshit piece of techno that only reluctantly cools off in its closing few bars. After giving Zahn's "Reprise" a spin below, the producer's entire debut full-length can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
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Chicago-based duo Brash Flair (a.k.a. Kristin Johnston and Joshua Wentz) recently released its second EP of the year, appropriately entitled Two, via the Sidedown label. Pulled from the EP, the dynamic pair have passed along the sophisticatedly intricate cut "Your Line," a sonic mosaic embellished with stuttering synths and lusty percussion, all filtered through a gritty sheen of lo-fi texture. The tune is further accented by Johnston's satiny vocals which lightly percolate throughout the course of "Your Line."
Following the release of Metome's Objet LP is the Japanese producer's Objet Remix EP, which collects contributions from an array of international producers like Fybe:one, Koetry, and Julien Mier, whose choppy take on the downtempo "Take This Love" is featured here. Opening with stretches of ambient sonics, it isn't long before Mier's signature short, swift-moving style of sampling takes over the production. "Take This Love (Julien Mier Remix)" keeps a calm tone, despite its sudden bursts of nimble sounds and persistent bleeps, serving as a testament to the producer's exceptional attention to detail and immaculate control over his calculated work.
Unorthodox LA artist FAY (a.k.a. Fay Davis-Jeffers) has returned with the release of her new Deathwatch LP, offering up abstract tune "Coda" to our Downloads feed. The genre-ambiguous tune is essentially a soundscape texturized by unidentifiable bits of audio that meander autonomously in a wholly unpredictable manner. Groaning, brassy machines swiftly overlap and interlace with the primitive sounds of hammering, erratically plucked strings, hand-slapped drums, and an avalanche of falling droplets. FAY's new Deathwatch LP, which is said to find her "editing and stitching sounds together visually without the help of sequencers or even a grid," can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
Cool World is the new collaborative endeavor between LA boogie maestro Benedek and retro-pop outfit Rare Times. When working together, Cool World concerns itself with the smoother and, well, cooler ends of '80s-indebted electronic pop. "Chilly" is one such offering, and in its instrumental form, the track's immense network of neon-glowing synths makes itself even more present. There are bell chords, airy choirs, and, of course, an abundance of sidewinding leads to be heard atop Cool World's crisp, laid-back beat. "Chilly"—in both its original and instrumental form—will be found on Cool World's upcoming self-titled EP when it drops on April 8 via Feel So Real.
With a fascination for "re-sampling, chopping, and screwing sounds from ancient synths and 21st century machines," Dutch DJ/producer Julian Edwardes is able to craft unique sounds from familiar devices. On his forthcoming Rapalje EP, Edwardes fashions bright electric piano compositions, with its title track leading a vast range of smooth and glitchy sonics. Opening with a funky key arrangement, "Rapalje" slowly dissolves as high-frequency shrieks and blips take over the production. It seems to be constantly changing form, alternating between beautiful arpeggiations and orchestral strings, with touches of computerized noise giving Edwardes' tune its smart and distinctive blend of flavors. The Rapalje EP will drop via Fremdtunes on April 28.
A member of Portland's Miracles Club outfit, DJ Rafael is breaking out on his own with the Hard Hat Traxx EP. Leading the charge is "Hard Hat Area," an appropriately titled, acid-fueled workout which leaves it all out on the dancefloor, using the five-plus-minute run to tweak a continually growing number of restless synths atop the tune's jacking drum-machine core. "Hard Hat Area" is joined by three other original DJ Rafael productions on the full Hard Hat Traxx, which is out now via On the Prowl.
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